The Holly Springs City Council on Monday approved a list of dates and deadlines pertaining to the upcoming qualifying and election for Mayor, Ward 3 and Ward 5 council seats.

City Manager Rob Logan said the election will take place on Nov. 3. Anyone seeking to be a candidate for mayor or either council seat will qualify in person at city hall in the city clerk’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Qualifying begins on Aug. 17 and ends Aug. 19. The qualifying fee for Mayor is $360 and Council is $180.

Deadline for voter registration for the general election will be Oct. 5.

In other business, the Holly Springs City Council approved a pair of requests for a self-storage facility during the meeting on Monday.

The requests from Bright-Meyers 2001, LLC, asked to rezone approximately two acres located off Ga. Highway 140 in the Holly Commons area from planned development residential/mixed use to general commercial, as well as a conditional use permit for a self-storage establishment for this property.

As previously zoned, the proposed use was prohibited. Rezoning the property to general commercial will now permit this proposed use. The self-storage establishment will be two stories. Logan said the applicant upgraded the façade of the building adjacent to Holly Commons and agreed to install a tree buffer between the facility from a neighborhood amenity area.

Council also voted to approve a resolution to accept a loan and a grant from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority.

The State Road and Tollway Authority awarded Holly Springs the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank Loan in an amount of $3.5 million and a grant in an amount of $1.25 million. Logan said the money will be used for the Holly Springs Parkway Widening Phase II Project.

The project will widen Holly Springs Parkway for a distance of 2,900 feet from Rabbit Hill Road to Ronnell Road. Two additional travel lanes will be added along with sidewalks and street lighting. The improvements are designed to relieve congestion to I-575 between Holly Springs and Woodstock.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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